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Lalu Prasad sentenced to 14 years in prison in fourth fodder scam case

Lalu Prasad outside the Special CBI Court in Ranchi.

Lalu Prasad outside the Special CBI Court in Ranchi.   | Photo Credit: Manob Chowdhury

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This is the maximum punishment the RJD supremo has received in the four fodder scam cases so far.

Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad has been sentenced to 14 years in prison — seven under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and seven under the Prevention of Corruption Act, in a fodder scam case. Both the sentences will have to be served consecutively, said the Special CBI court of Justice Shivpal Singh in Ranchi. He has also been fined ₹60 lakh.

This is the maximum punishment that Prasad has received in the four fodder scam cases so far. Verdicts are due in two more fodder scam cases.

To appeal in higher court

Prasad’s counsel Prabhat Kumar told journalists that he would appeal in a higher court against the judgment.

On Monday, Prasad was convicted in the scam case in Dumka, now in Jharkhand, for fraudulent withdrawal of ₹3.13 crore from the Dumka treasury.

Former Bihar Chief Minister Jagannath Mishra was acquitted in this case.

 

The first case

In 2013, Prasad was convicted and sentenced to five years in prison in the first fodder scam case involving the withdrawal of ₹37.7 crore from the Chaibasa treasury. The sentence immediately disqualified him from Parliament and barred him from elections for 11 years. However, in a relief to him, the Supreme Court on December 13 granted him bail in the case.

On January 6, 2018, a special CBI court sentenced Prasad to three-and-a-half years in jail and fined him ₹10 lakh in the second fodder scam case for fraudulent withdrawal of ₹89.27 lakh from the Deoghar treasury 21 years ago.

On January 24, 2018, a special CBI court sentenced Prasad and Mishra to five years in jail in the third fodder scam case for fraudulent withdrawal of ₹37.62 crore from the Chaibasa treasury.

Prasad has been lodged in the Birsa Munda jail in Ranchi since December 23, 2017, after being sentenced to prison term in the second case.

The fifth case relating to alleged fraudulent withdrawal of ₹139 crore from the Doranda treasury in Ranchi is pending with the court.

Prasad was recently admitted to the hospital for some medical assistance in Ranchi and advised to go to Delhi for further treatment.

Shatrughan Sinha meets Lalu

Meanwhile, rebel BJP leader and party MP from Patna Saheb Shatrughan Sinha has reached Ranchi to meet Lalu Prasad.

The over ₹900-crore fodder scam cases relate to illegal withdrawal of money from government treasury in different districts in the Animal Husbandry department in undivided Bihar in the 1990s when the RJD was in power in the State.

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